While the rest of us have been busy sunning ourselves, Imbibe’s beer and cider editor Susanna Forbes has been hard at work tracking down the latest beers on the market to present her top new brews of the summer. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it…
Sixpoint, Jammer, New York, USA
Perfect in the heat we’ve been having, this sassy gose with sea salt and coriander is one of the first tranche of seasonal specials brought in by Heathwick to accompany the recently launched core trio from Brooklyn’s other brewery Sixpoint. There’s malt on the nose, while the palate boasts both tang and telltale coriander notes. Refreshing and moreish.
4%, £39.50/24 x 35.5cl, Heathwick, 020 7938 3991
Innis & Gunn, Mangoes on the Run IPA, Scotland
Yes, it’s certainly mango driven! Apparently ‘mountains of mangoes’ were added to the basic IPA with its Hercules, Citra and Simcoe hop blend. The bitterness is balanced, adding length and depth. With good sparkle and persistence, mango notes are joined by tangerine and mandarin citrus notes. Summer drinking, here we come
5.6%, £28.99/24x33cl cans, Innis & Gunn, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herbal and earthy on the nose, the palate is sprightly, with plenty of good green and spicy hop flavours wrapped up with a fine sparkle and green-forest closing notes. With its complex hop-bill, there’s a good roundness on the finish, without being heavy. DE14 is both the district where Marstons, the parent brewery, is based and the name of the pilot brewhouse where the brewery team is encouraged to experiment, as with this beer. They call End Point an ‘IPA for the 21st century’. I’ll second that.
5.6%, POA/24x33cl, Marstons Brewery, de14beers.co.uk
Finishing today with a look back and a look to the future. The Origins series see Fyne Ales return to its farmhouse roots. The team seek out flavours of old, ‘with the goal of creating distinctive and exciting flavours that give a sense of provenance in every bottle’. With Expedition, one of the six released in the series this year, they certainly have. Wild and sour, with very light bitterness, this barrel-aged and blended sour IPA is refreshing and spring-like, light to medium in body, with citrus notes throughout. It suggests a pairing of seafood and cream sauce.